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Wearing braces used to involve large, ugly metal pieces stuck to your teeth. Many adults have rejected the idea of wearing braces because they felt they would look unprofessional or unattractive. Now there is a better way. I have been using invisible braces in my dental clinic for many years, and this blog will show you the variety of options you have for getting straighter teeth without traditional braces. Braces can now be completely clear, can be adhered to the back of you teeth, or can be used in the form of an invisible tray that fits over your teeth. Find out here how invisible braces can work for you.


Understanding Root Canals

If your tooth has died, the only way to salvage it is through a root canal. Still, many people are uncomfortable with the thought of having a root canal procedure performed.

Here is a bit of information about root canals to help you better understand them.

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that includes the removal of the pulp of a tooth. The pulp is the soft living material that makes up the innermost layer of the tooth structure. The pulp includes the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth.

As a dentist performs a root canal, they drill a hole into the tooth. After extracting the pulp, the practitioner cleans and disinfects the hollow tooth's interior. The tooth is then filled and covered to protect it from future damage. A tooth-colored crown is frequently used to cover the tooth to ensure that the dental restoration blends seamlessly with the natural tooth color of the patient.

Why Is a Root Canal Performed?

Once the pulp is damaged and cannot recover, the tooth dies. The interior of the tooth may become a breeding ground for bacteria that can invade the jawbone or even the blood. A systemic infection that results from an infected tooth can become life-threatening.

Other than a root canal, the only appropriate treatment for a dead tooth is extraction. Many dental patients do not wish to lose a tooth. As a result, dental professionals offer options to salvage the natural teeth whenever possible.

What Are Some Indications That a Tooth Has Died?

There are multiple indications that a tooth has died. They include:

  • Dental discoloration. A tooth may take on a dark gray hue once it has died. The color change is due to the damaged blood vessels within the tooth.
  • Mouth odors. The infection that may be associated with a dead tooth can cause a foul odor in the mouth.
  • A gingival abscess. An abscess may appear on the gums near a dead tooth. It usually has a pimple-like appear appearance and may be sensitive to the touch.
  • Temperature sensitivity. The tooth may be unusually sensitive to changes in temperature. Thus, you may experience pain when eating cold or hot food.

Is a Root Canal Painful?

A root canal procedure is generally not painful. The dentist applies localized numbing medication to help minimize the discomfort of the treatment.

To learn more about root canal procedures, schedule a consultation with a dentist in your local area.